Initially these sessions were set up with forming a singing group in mind, and have now been expanded to provide a facilitated space where people can come together with others to enjoy a variety of music activities such as: playing with rhythms and body-percussion, song writing, and playing instruments alongside singing songs. These sessions are open to anyone who would like to come along, regardless of experience.
My next visit to Naas, Co. Kildare has now been confirmed for the weekend of 4th/5th November and will include an ‘Introduction to Leading Groups in Song’ Training Day on Saturday 4th from 10am-5pm. This day is aimed at anyone wishing to develop their skills in bringing singing into group work. On the Sunday we will have another Singing Workshop which will include exploring body percussion as well as discussion on the possibility of a BIG SING! event into the area next year!
SINGING IS GOOD FOR US!!!
Being around music can bring warmth into a cold day, more joy into your heart, and provide a great environment in which to relax and de-stress. Lisheens House is a fantastic project with the aim of preventing suicide and self harm. In their new premises beside the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen, they have opened a new Music Library where people can come and relax, listen to CD’s – or even try out playing one of the instruments in the room!
In acknowledgement and awareness of the benefits music brings to each individual we have decided to team up and create time for Community Singing as a weekly activity at the Centre on Wednesdays from 3-5pm.
The idea behind this new group activity is to provide a space where ANYONE over 18 years can come along and enjoy singing with others, regardless of experience, in a safe and non-judgemental space. It is a place where you can meet others, have fun, learn a few new songs and maybe share a few you already know, try things out…. or even come and simply enjoy listening if you don’t feel like joining in! We will also share a cup of tea together following the session, creating the time to get to know one another over time.
Please do spread the word and come and join us.
What a delightful sunny day was had spent in the beautiful walled gardens of Myross Wood Retreat Centre, Leap with many singers from at least four different choirs showing up along side members of the public to share food and song together. A big thanks to all who showed up and to Myross Wood for making us feel so welcome.
I have only recently discovered the beautiful venue of Myross Wood and am delighted to be welcomed to hold this event there. As well as a picnic, the day will encompass workshops and the opportunity to hear something of some of the choirs local to the area. This is the first West Cork BIG SING! Singing Picnic and the hope is to hold more in various locations around West Cork…. and further afield.
Programme of the day:
11am: Tea, coffee and chat about the West Cork BIG SING! project and it’s possible future direction and activities.
12pm: Songwriting workshop, “What singing (and/or being part of a choir) means to me”.
1pm: Singing Circle – a warm up session singing short and easy songs with Jane Goss.
2pm: Picnic – bring a chair, blanket and food and drink to share. Choirs sing!
2.30pm: Childrens’ Singing Session with Lisa Canty (under 5’s to be accompanied by an adult)
3.30pm: Singing Workshop – a combination of larger songs from the existing BIG SING! collection plus some new ones with Caz Jeffreys.
5.00pm: Social: A chance to drink tea, chat and to take the time to walk around the grounds, enjoying the beautiful trails before you leave.
Suggested donation of €10 per person
In the event of bad weather the event will continue with ample sized indoor spaces to meet, sing and picnic together.
Children are welcome and parents must take full responsibility for their safety.
If you need to bring your dog, please ensure that they are kept on a lead.
Really looking forwards to running and fully submerging into a week of creative songwriting and musical exploration. Anam Cara is situated in such a beautiful and peaceful location and Sue is a wonderful host. This popular Writers Retreat host an array of wonderful workshops and I am delighted to have been invited to contribute to this years programme. Please contact Sue for further information and to book your place. Come along and treat yourself! http://anamcararetreat.com/
I am putting together a choir to take along to this exciting choir festival filled with opportunities to work with great facilitators. If you are interested in joining us then get in touch soon for more info. Tickets are selling fast!!! Check the festival website and the programme to see what’s on.